You are probably thinking how in the world could a pair of socks have a purpose other than covering my feet and keeping my little piggies warm? Well, yes, it is true, wearing socks has the purpose of keeping your feet warm, prevents your feet from getting blisters when wearing boots or shoes, protects your feet and helps to keep your feet dry. Not everyone can go to their dresser drawer and pull out a pair of heavy socks to keep their feet warm in the winter or a thinner pair of socks to help divert excess sweat in the summer.
Sky Footwear generously sent me a pair of Gone Fishin Lightweight socks, a pair of Heavy Duty Merica Crew and a medium weight Peaches N’ Cream sock for the purpose of this review.
I first learned about Sky Footwear on the evening news one evening and thought what an ingenious idea on how to give back and to help those in need. Keaton Hendricks and Eric Cellier developed a sock company that pairs up with rescue missions and homeless shelters across America. When one pair of socks are sold another pair is donated to a homeless person. These 2 basketball players teamed up to create a company to help the homeless and in such a way that because most everyone of us wears socks, your not only helping the homeless but you will benefit from wearing the socks as well.
Here is Keaton’s Story in his own words: The inspiration behind Sky Footwear began back in the fall of 2010. I was volunteering at a low barrier homeless shelter in Bloomington, Indiana, when my eyes were opened to the heart-breaking situation that a lot of my neighbors lived in. I found myself connecting to many of their stories and my heart began to break as I learned about the struggle, pain, and hopelessness that most of them face.
I realized that many of these people who had nothing were thankful for anything. I was repeatedly amazed at the thankfulness that the individuals at the shelters showed for the simple things that I take for granted everyday.
“I realized that many of these people who had nothing were thankful for anything.”
Just five years later in the summer of 2015, I felt the growing urge to do something impactful – and as the year wore on, I could no longer ignore the tug on my heart by the homeless I was continuously interacting with in my hometown. I approached one of my closest friends, Eric Cellier, with hopes of teaming together and creating something that would turn this dream into a reality. Having the same passion for the homeless as I do, Eric instantly connected with my vision, and thus began our new journey to bring hope to a group of people who desperately need it.
Through conversations with members and workers of the homeless community, we came to the conclusion that providing socks is both practical and reasonable. Thus, we dove head-first into the sock business. We hope to create a tangible way that everyone can make a positive impact in the life of a homeless man or woman. We believe that a gift as simple as a pair of socks will spark encouragement and hope into the lives of the homeless across the nation.
It is our vision that those who wish to make a difference can use Sky Footwear to both make that difference and look pretty stylish in the process as well. You never know what a small act of kindness can communicate. You never know what could spark a change in someone’s life. Who knows, a pair of socks might be just what they need.
– Keaton Hendricks
After reading Keaton and Eric’s story, I felt really touched that these two young men would take it upon themselves to provide a much-needed item of clothing for the homeless. The business is set up in one dorm room at Taylor University while the shipping end of the company is set up in another dorm room at the same University. During the month of May, the New York City Rescue Mission will be receiving the one for one socks. Next month it will be another city that will receive the one for one socks.
So, most of us wear socks some time or another even those who wear socks with their sandals and do you really want those ole white socks with no character? Of course not, you want to be flashy, bold and tell your story by wearing a pair of Sky Footwear socks. You can purchase the socks individually or in packs of three (3) and in the variety of weights for summer, fall and winter at a variety of shops or online.
Sky Footwear has crew style, dress socks, athletic socks, mid-calf, low cut runner socks and outdoor in a variety of colors to fit anyone’s needs plus one size fits all so there is no need to wonder what size you will need.
Checkout Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to catch all the latest news about Sky Footwear. Which city will they help out next? Just think, Christmas is a bit away for now but you could start collecting Sky Footwear now for gifts, stocking stuffers, birthday gifts or Father’s Day is just around the corner as well. Now you have learned that owning a pair of Sky Footwear socks with a purpose other than covering your feet and keeping your little piggies warm is a great way to help the homeless. Won’t you join Keaton and Eric by helping them provide warm socks for the homeless communities across these United States. Besides, that, We Are All in This Together.